Revolutionary inhumanism: Fanon's De la violence

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The article proposes a reading of Les Damnés de la terre by F. Fanon (1968a) via its original and compelling conjugation of a revolutionary, anti-colonial humanism. Insofar as Fanon's is resolutely a humanism to come, a postcolonial 'invention of a new species', what I will call Fanon's inhumanism must be grasped in its fundamentals as a complex and original critique of colonial, and defense of anticolonial, violence. The article proposes that the incommensurability of heterogeneous colonial situations requires not moralistic commentary but the elucidation of the logic of any singular case and of the greater or lesser necessity of violence there within.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-413
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Francophone Studies
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 2 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • History
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


  • Conversion theory
  • Decolonization
  • Fanon
  • Humanism
  • Inhumanism
  • Violence


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